Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by chanel, Jul 12, 2011.
It was inevitable.
I'm surprised it took someone this long to file a lawsuit like this.
I lived in Utah for 10 years, and knew several polygamists. I don't really have a problem with polygamy, per se, particularly when it's practiced openly amongst consenting adults. It's when it's hidden in the shadows that Utah has run into problems, including polygamist sects in S. Utah marrying off their teenage daughters to men in their 40s-60s, welfare fraud, employment violations, and other forms of abuse.
I mean, here's the thing. I wouldn't want to do it, and I wouldn't want my daughter to do it. But, this is a form of religious expression. These people, particularly the fundamentalist LDS, believe that they are following prophecy, and that they are doing something that is necessary for them to be part of god's kingdom. If we are talking about consenting adults, what right does government have to get into the middle of people's free expression of religious beliefs?
I feel the same way about the practice of voodoun in Miami. If a guy needs to slaughter a chicken for religious reasons, as long as the way he's doing it isn't in violation of health codes, it's his own damn business, and the state should stay out of it.
I guess that when it comes to religion, I'm pretty much a libertarian. Government should not come between people and their beliefs (as long as those beliefs don't involve harming innocents).
I just don't get it, same sex marriage is still just between 2 people.
I don't have a problem with what they are requesting. I do have a problem with legalizing multiple marriages.
I don't even have a problem with legalizing multiple marriages. Being married helps to protect the rights of the wives and children in these situations. Cohabiting doesn't, so much. I can see a lot of potential for abuse (and it currently exists) because a lot of polygamist wives have multiple children and some aren't very educated. It becomes difficult for them to leave the marriage if they are being mistreated, and then getting alimony and/or child support is more complex.
That's why we have marriage and age of consent laws. Unfortunately, many polygamists like little girls.
I agree with everything you said except when it comes to consenting adults. Arranged marriages have been a part of many cultures with children being married at exceptially young ages. If we are going to allow freedom of religion we must allow everything that comes along with freedom of religion. Even if we don't agree with how a culture, religion raises it's children.
We do not need to allow "everything" that comes with freedom of religion. Satanists can't sacrifice humans.
If people want to exercise their "fundamental right" to have sex with children, they can go live in the fucking jungle with the animals.
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